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Sterling by Music Man S.U.B. Ray4 Electric Bass Guitar  

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OVERVIEW

A solid 4-string with amazing tone shaping, a loud humbucking pickup and quality construction.

The S.U.B. Series family of instruments introduce a new level of quality, features and value for the beginning or intermediate player. Part of the esteemed Music Man & Sterling by Music Man family of instruments, we feel all players should have access to affordable guitars & basses that feel, sound and play like a refined, crafted professional instrument.

The best components, hardware and designs all work in harmony to give you the best user experience as you discover your sound. Our goal is to deliver an instrument, at a price that surpasses your expectations.

The Ray4 and Ray5 basses are the cousins of the Music Man StingRay 4 and 5 basses. Classic, iconic instruments that defined a generation of bassists since the late 70′s. Active electronics, low noise hum bucking pickups, rock solid hardware and a simple, uncluttered look that is instantly recognizable and respected.

Music Man starts with a solid hardwood body. Light, airy bodies full of tone are attached to a slim, easy to play full scale maple neck. A narrow 38mm nut width (Ray4) and 45mm nut width (Ray5) was created for easy playability. Medium jumbo frets allow for effortless fretting. The slim neck and narrow nut feels at home with small or large hands.

FEATURES
  • Solid hardwood body
  • 34″ full scale maple neck (rosewood fingerboard with some finishes)
  • Medium jumbo frets
  • Satin tinted neck finish
  • Narrow 38 mm nut width
  • Low noise humbucking pickup
  • 2-band onboard active preamp, cut & boost
  • Large heavy duty bass bridge with full adjustments
  • Easy access truss rod adjuster
  • 6-bolt super strong neck joint
  • Top-mounted, heavy duty output jack
  • Case sold separately

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Sterling by Music ManS.U.B. Ray4 Electric Bass Guitar
 
4.7

(based on 54 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (41)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (11)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (2)

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98%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fun to play (47)
  • Good feel (45)
  • Good tone (44)
  • Solid electronics (38)
  • Good pick up (37)

Cons

  • Fret buzz (4)

Best Uses

  • Practicing (46)
  • Jamming (42)
  • Recording (38)
  • Small venues (35)
  • Rock concerts (28)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (37), Professional musician (13), Novice (4)

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Pictures of Black Walnut

Played the bass for a while, sounds great, but mainly writing this review to post pictures of the black walnut finish. For some reason, couldn't find anything online, and when I called...Read complete review

Played the bass for a while, sounds great, but mainly writing this review to post pictures of the black walnut finish. For some reason, couldn't find anything online, and when I called Musician's Friend, they couldn't help me. I might add that the fretboard had noticeable scratches beneath the plastic film, and this could have been a factory defect.

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Poor quality

Poor quality. Arrived with dirt in the paint and large dent on the back.

Poor quality. Arrived with dirt in the paint and large dent on the back.

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5.0

S.U.B. RAY4 ELECTRIC BASS GUITAR

By Burr

from Atlanta

About Me Professional Musician

Pros

  • Fun To Play
  • Good Feel
  • Good Pick Up
  • Good Tone
  • I Love The Sound
  • Solid Electronics

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Clanky Mid Sound
    • Practicing
    • Recording
    • Rock Concerts
    • Small Venues

    Comments about Sterling by Music Man S.U.B. Ray4 Electric Bass Guitar:

    I have two USA Musicman Sting Ray 5 string basses that I bought new back in the 90s for eight hundred. Yes. Back then they only cost eight hundred. Recently I wanted to get a 4 string Sting Ray but, didn't want to spent $1500. This is where the RAY4 comes in. I now have a SUB4, RAY4 and RAY5 and feel they capture 95% of a USA versions sound. So for less than a used USA Sting Ray I got three new Sterling basses.

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    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Great Bass

    By Shadowbassist

    from Weber City, VA

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

    • Amazing For All Styles
    • Fun To Play
    • Good Feel
    • Good Pick Up
    • Good Tone
    • Great Pop
    • Great Slap
    • Solid Electronics

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Any And Everything
      • Jamming
      • Practicing
      • Recording
      • Rock Concerts
      • School Bands
      • Small Venues

      Comments about Sterling by Music Man S.U.B. Ray4 Electric Bass Guitar:

      I've been playing for over 8 years and have had many guitars and basses. I bought mine in satin blue and I'm considering buying one but 5 string I absolutely love everything about this bass. Definitely buy it.

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      5.0

      great customer service

      By m

      from Conroe, tx

      About Me Novice

      Pros

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about Sterling by Music Man S.U.B. Ray4 Electric Bass Guitar:

            First guitar showed up damaged, but return was easy and free. Replacement showed up quickly and perfect.

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            (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Best 4 Banger for the $$$

            By Superjaay

            from Georgia

            About Me Experienced

            Ask me a question

            Pros

            • Fun To Play
            • Good Feel
            • Good Pick Up
            • Good Tone
            • Solid Electronics

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Bringing The Funk
              • Jamming
              • Practicing
              • Recording
              • Rock Concerts
              • School Bands
              • Small Venues

              Comments about Sterling by Music Man S.U.B. Ray4 Electric Bass Guitar:

              I cannot say how much I love to have my hands on this bass. After setting it up and pushing the truss rod adjustment to its limit to get the action low, this baby is a beast. If you are after MM tone and feel and want to keep most of your money your pocket, this is the ticket. Throw on a new set of your favorite strings and drop the pickup according to your preference of how hot you want your output and let it rip. I have had the Ray5 for 2 years and never loved it. I found a deal on a used Ray4 and once I picked it up I fell in love. The 4 string spacing at the bridge seems much more natural compared to the narrow 5 string spacing. I have rekindled my fire to play and I am even getting some play time in with the 4 string on gigs where I have always played a five. Sound great with the bass knob just below midpoint and the treble right in the middle. Leave all your amp settings in the middle.

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              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Nice bass for the money!!

              By Chip

              from Boiling Springs SC

              About Me Professional Musician

              Pros

              • Good Feel
              • Nice Bass For The Money

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Jamming
                • Practicing
                • Recording
                • Rock Concerts
                • School Bands
                • Small Venues

                Comments about Sterling by Music Man S.U.B. Ray4 Electric Bass Guitar:

                If you want MM and don't wanna fork out the dough, get this bass!

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                (1 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                2.0

                Poor quality

                By nmayes213

                from Poseyville, IN

                About Me Experienced

                Pros

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about Sterling by Music Man S.U.B. Ray4 Electric Bass Guitar:

                      Poor quality. Arrived with dirt in the paint and large dent on the back.

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                      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      4.0

                      Just what I expected

                      By K.P.

                      from Richfield, WI

                      About Me Professional Musician

                      Pros

                      • Well Finished And Set Up

                      Cons

                      • A Bit Heavy

                      Best Uses

                      • Jamming
                      • Practicing
                      • Praise Music
                      • Rock Concerts
                      • Small Venues

                      Comments about Sterling by Music Man S.U.B. Ray4 Electric Bass Guitar:

                      I have a S.U.B. with the Dark walnut finish and Rosewood Fret board so I knew that these are great basses for the price. I upgraded the volume Pot but otherwise left the bass stock. It was reasonable well set up right out of the box.
                      I find the combination of the mint green with maple fret board and white pick guard to be a nice combination so for three hundered USD it was an easy buy!

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                      (2 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      4.0

                      Neat bass

                      By Ibanezae

                      from Brandon, FL

                      About Me Experienced

                      Ask me a question

                      Pros

                      • Fun To Play
                      • Good Feel
                      • Good Pick Up
                      • Good Tone

                      Cons

                      • cheap hardware
                      • Poor electronics

                      Best Uses

                      • Jamming
                      • Practicing
                      • Recording
                      • Small Venues

                      Comments about Sterling by Music Man S.U.B. Ray4 Electric Bass Guitar:

                      I''m a Fender man (play a MIM P bass) I've admired MM basses but don't have the $$ so I've wondered about these. Finally got a chance to take an extended test drive on a few of these SUB models. I was expecting these models to be MM as Squier is to Fender.
                      Fit and finish are good. They are a solid build with a good feel. Heavy but not overly so.Neck has a good feel. Chrome and knobs are very cheap, even for the price. Inferior to Squier's stock hardware. The tuners and bridge seemed adequate for their intended uses. Mint Green looked very cool, but that's a matter of taste.
                      A lot of reviews say they were great out of the box, I played 5 including a 5 string and all were badly in need of a set up. Not a point against IMHO, At this price point you shouldn't expect good strings or a good factory set up..........and you won't get either. Every single one had a bad volume pot, every one.
                      Wasn't expecting much from the single bridge pickup. Boy was I pleasantly surprised! This thing sings, deep rich tones with a variety of settings through the two tone knobs. Any issues with other aspects of this guitar were more than outweighed by that great sound. I'm considering pulling the trigger just for recording.
                      In closing if you're prepared to put in a little money and a little work into this bass you'll have yourself a great instrument suitable for any occasion.

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                      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      4.0

                      Amazing for its price.

                      By Greg

                      from CT

                      About Me Experienced

                      Pros

                      • Fun To Play
                      • Good Feel
                      • Good Tone

                      Cons

                      • Fret Buzz

                      Best Uses

                      • Jamming
                      • Practicing
                      • Recording
                      • Small Venues

                      Comments about Sterling by Music Man S.U.B. Ray4 Electric Bass Guitar:

                      If you dream of owning a MM Stingray, but you just can't justify spending the $1000+ on one, this is the bass for you. I've owned and played a lot of high end basses. Fender American Jazzes, Warwicks, and even a MM Stingray, and this one can actually hold a candle to them all. Obviously you won't get all the bells and whistles, you will need to set it up, and you may find a few problems with it that you wouldn't find with higher-end basses, but these are all easy to live with considering the price tag.

                      The tone is great. I can tell the difference between it and a real MM ray, but overall it's not going to ruin the bass for you. The only big problem I have found with my Sterling is that the wiring to the volume pot is pretty badly done. I also had to give it a nice set up and neck adjustment to make it really playable.

                      This is an amazing bass for a beginner-intermediate bassist who loves the look, sound and feel of the classic Stingray.

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                      5.0

                      A Beautiful Bass

                      By The Ean

                      from Greensboro, NC

                      About Me Experienced

                      Pros

                      • Fun To Play
                      • Good Feel
                      • Good Pick Up
                      • Good Tone
                      • Solid Electronics

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Jamming
                        • Practicing
                        • Recording
                        • Rock Concerts
                        • School Bands
                        • Small Venues

                        Comments about Sterling by Music Man S.U.B. Ray4 Electric Bass Guitar:

                        Great bass. Sounds great, looks great.
                        Bassically, ready to play out of the box.
                        A few minutes to set the action to what I prefer and I rehearsed with it.

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